Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake
The best of both worlds – Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie
1 ¾ cups (about 14-16) shortbread cookies, crushed
1 TBL butter, softened or melted
3 pkgs (3 oz each) cream cheese – softened to room temp
1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin (not pie filling) – I use Libby’s
2/3 cups (5 oz can) Evaporated Milk (I use Carnation)
2 large eggs
2 TBL cornstarch
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup crushed toffee candies (I crush up Heath Bars and I used the packaged toffee)
8 oz sour cream, room temperature
2 TBL sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
Caramel ice cream topping is optional but I use it
Preheat Oven to 350.
Combine crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. I let it go up the sides about 1 inch but you don’t have to.
Bake 6-8 minutes (do not brown it) and then let it cool for 10 minutes.
Beat cream cheese and brown sugar on a lower speed until creamy. Do not whip it or beat it until air is incorporated to make it fluffy. Just mix it well. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix until it is all well mixed but when all the ingredients are blended – stop mixing. Pour over crust.
Bake for 60-65 minutes or until edge is set but the center still moves slightly. Remove from oven and top with toffee candy pieces.
Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract in small bowl; mix well. Spread over warm (but not hot) cheesecake.
Bake for 8 minutes. Cool completely
Refrigerate overnight. Drizzle the caramel ice cream topping over the top – I put it in a squeeze bottle and make a pattern with it.
To serve, remove sides of springform pan and slice. Makes a beautiful presentation.
I LOVE the Jell-O no bake "cheesecake," however, I would't call it cheesecake exactly. It's just "dessert" to me. You really can't compare it to real cheesecake! Real cheesecake is my FAVORITE!
Does anyone have a recipe for a good strawberry topping? That's DS's favorite, but I don't like the strawberry glaze. I had some cheesecake a while back at Longhorn's Steakhouse and it had the absolute best strawberry topping. It was kind of thin, not syrupy and had some pieces of strawberry in it, but they were small and it wasn't super chunky. It was GOOD!